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I’m teaching a class with Kate Gray! Bring yourself and your query letter.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Make Your Query Letter and First Pages Pop: All About Voice (Impact Hub Oakland, Sept. 24, 2016)

Agents and editors want to discover authors who write with a “fresh voice.” But what does that actually mean, and how do you add that secret ingredient to your query letter and manuscript?

Join us for an interactive, high-energy three hours on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Oakland’s Impact Hub (2323 Broadway), and grab the attention of your readers and industry pros. Sarah Cypher, an independent editor at The Threepenny Editor, and Kate Gray, writing coach and author of the acclaimed novel Carry the Sky, will show you what makes good query letters and first pages pop. In this energetic, interactive workshop, you’ll develop your query letter with tools we offer and identify your distinct voice: the sound that sets you apart from the rest.

Your $125 entry fee to this query letter class includes a copy of Kate’s novel, Carry the Sky, and Sarah’s The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists

Limited to 15 participants. Register now via Eventbrite! Seats will fill up fast.

About the Instructors:

Author Kate Gray

Kate Gray’s passion is being a teacher, a writing coach, and a volunteer writing facilitator with women inmates and women veterans. She is the author of three poetry collections, and her first novel, Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue, 2014), stares down bullying without blinking. In Any More, Black Shoe, her novel-in-progress set in 1953, Sylvia Plath and Maureen Buckley, the younger sister of William F. Buckley, Jr., step into and out of roles prescribed by race, class, gender and religion. Kate and her partner live in a purple house in Portland, Oregon with Rafi and Wasco, their two very patient dogs.

Editor Sarah Cypher

Sarah Cypher has edited New York Times bestsellers and helped clients on their way to deals with Big Five publishers, foreign publishers, and production companies. Self-published clients have generously funded their books on Kickstarter, and earned a monthly income from their sales. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, Phi Beta Kappa, from Carnegie Mellon University, and her own writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Oregonian, Fodor’s, Salon.com, and Publishers Weekly. By being a working writer *and* editor, she offers a savvy look at query letters, concept development, and marketability. She lives in West Oakland with her wife, cat, and two dogs.

Register now via Eventbrite!

Schedule: BinderCon LA, March 19-20

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

I was overjoyed to learn that I’m a scholarship recipient for the next BinderCon, a professional development conference to empower women and gender non‑conforming writers with tools, connections, and strategies to advance their careers. This has been a hugely supportive group of women, I loved BinderCon NYC last autumn, and I can’t wait to meet more of these powerhouse writers in person and share experiences.

What: BinderCon, hosted by Out of the Binders

When: March 19–20, 2016

Where: UCLA, Los Angeles

See you there!

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Grants!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Thanks to Lizette Wanzer’s amazing grant workshop at the San Francisco Grotto, I spent some time putting myself out there for new writing opportunities this year.

I’m beyond pleased to say that two of these grant applications were approved. One is a Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant that will enable me to attend BinderCon in New York next month. The other is a Key West Literary Seminar Writers Workshop scholarship to attend Diana Abu Jaber’s weeklong class in January.

Writing a novel is a notoriously slow and solitary process, so it is gratifying–even life-giving–to gain support along the way. I look forwarding to meeting others on the same path, and to learning from the best.

New freelance piece published in Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

This article exists behind a subscription wall, unfortunately, but if you can, check out my latest freelance piece in Publishers Weekly. After a lot of editing and the help of an amazing editor there, we managed to get my trip to London and about seven interviews to fit into a 650-word article. I still have so much good information from my research that I’m thinking about how I might use more of it in another piece.

If you don’t have a PW subscription and would like to know something specific about upcoming Arab speculative fiction, feel free to contact me.

Beyond One Thousand and One Nights: Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015-2016

Genre fiction is gaining ground in the Middle East—and, slowly, the books are moving West…

Publishers Weekly

Schedule: BinderCon, NYC, November 6-9

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Even as I’m oh-so-overdue for writing about my amazing experience at Shubbak in London last month, I’ve signed myself up for BinderCon, a professional development conference to empower women and gender non‑conforming writers with tools, connections, and strategies to advance their careers. This has been a hugely supportive group of women, and I can’t wait to meet many of them in person and share experiences.

What: BinderCon, hosted by Out of the Binders

When: November 7–9, 2015

Where: New York University campus, Manhattan

And it’s on my birthday, so I guess besides the fact that I can’t spend it with my wife, this is one of the best gifts I’ve given myself in a long time.

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